Lovina M. Schmitz

Lovina M. Schmitz, 99, a resident of St. Francis Home, passed away Monday, December 29, 2014 with family by her side. She was born March 26, 1915 in Johnsburg, WI; a daughter of the late Mathias and Catherine Birkholtz Simon.

On May 6, 1935 she married John D. Schmitz at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Johnsburg.  Lovina was a member of Holy Family Parish in Fond du Lac, the church’s Altar Society and the St. Lawrence Seminary Parents Guild.

Survivors include three sons, David J. (Mary) Schmitz of Marion, VA, John L. (Michele) Schmitz of Port Washington, WI and Bishop Paul E. Schmitz O.F.M. Cap. of Nicaragua, eight grandchildren, David, Mark (April), Eric, and Paul (Carrie) Schmitz, Sarah (Dignus) Best, Rebecca (Steven) Wittemann, Jonathan (Janet) Schmitz and Katie (Robert) Niebler, eleven great-grandchildren, Anne Marie and Michael Wittemann, Mikaela Best, Andrew, Isabella, Ethan and Olivia Schmitz, Matthew and Luke Niebler and Otis and Randy Schmitz. She is further survived by one brother, Ervin Simon of Wolf Lake, WI, one sister, Virginia Bittner of Eden, WI, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Schmitz on December 8, 1990; two brothers, Leo Simon and Fr. Martin Simon and one sister, Rosalia Rieder.

Visitation: Visitation will be held at the St. Francis Home Chapel, 33 Everett Street, on Saturday, January 3, 2015, from 1:00 to 1:45 PM.

Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the St. Francis Home Chapel following visitation at 2:00 PM. Bishop Paul Schmitz O.F.M. Cap., her son, will officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Church Cemetery, Johnsburg.

Memorials in Lovina’s name may be directed to Capuchin Missions, Mount Calvary, Wisconsin.

The family would like to express gratitude to the staff at St. Francis Home for their loving care of Lovina the last ten years.  

Zacherl Funeral Home is serving the family. www.zacherlfuneralhome.com